The way to feed your loved ones healthily on a funds
Have you ever wondered how to eat healthily on a budget? It’s a lot easier than you might think. There is a common misconception that healthy eating = expensive, but that is not necessarily the case.
As mothers, we often play the roles of household project manager, chauffeur, and even bookkeeper! It’s a tough job sometimes, but someone has to do it! Fortunately, you don’t have to find out everything by yourself!
So you can enjoy more delicious, healthy meals without spending too much each month …
What is the typical family budget for groceries and how does it compare?
The average Australian family spends around $ 150 per week on food. The exact amount will depend on where you live in Australia, how many children you have, etc. But this number should give you an idea of where you might be sitting compared to the rest of the country.
It’s also useful to look at the average amount spent on restaurants and takeaway that at. lies $ 44 per week for every Australian household. This means that the average food budget for a typical Australian family is around $ 194 per week.
Whatever your food budget (whether it’s more or less than that of the typical Australian family) there is usually a way to cut it back at least a little. And you can do this without resorting to cheap, processed foods. In fact homemade, healthy meals are often more budget-friendly than take-away meals. Here’s how …
(The healthy mummy)
This will save you money on food
1. Plan ahead
Having a plan makes it much easier to stay within your budget. You can choose healthy meals that contain budget-friendly ingredients and you can make sure you always have something to eat before you get hungry. This means you are less likely to have to resort to takeaway. You can download our favorites Meal planning tools here, including our weekly planner and our shopping list planner.
2. Make a list
Part of planning your healthy meals includes the creation of a list. Once you have your menu planned out, you need to list the ingredients that you will need for each recipe. Then you can compare this list to what’s already in your closet, fridge, and freezer so you don’t duplicate or waste what you already have.
3. Don’t shop when you are hungry
Shopping when you are hungry is dangerous to your budget … and your health. When you shop hungry, you are much more likely to resort to quick-processed foods and indulge your cravings. So make sure you have a proper healthy meal before you go to the stores, or pack a healthy snack so you’ll never shop hungry again.
4. Shop at farmers’ markets and discounters
Sometimes the best place to get good, healthy food on a budget is your local farmers market or a street stall. The food is not only fresher and straight from the farm, but also often cheaper because there is no middleman. But you don’t have to go to the country or the markets to get affordable ingredients to cook with. Even switching your purchases from Coles and Woolworths to Aldi can save you big each week.
5. Buy in season
Have you ever noticed that strawberries are $ 1 a cup a week and $ 5 a month later? It’s all about the seasons. Choosing fresh, in-season ingredients will keep your costs down … and you will create healthier meals because all of the ingredients you use are fresh and local.
6. Don’t buy too much
Do you sometimes buy too much food (or too much wrong food) and then throw a lot of it away? You’re not the only one … actually, a survey shows that 43 percent of Australians do this regularly! So stick to your list, make sure you don’t buy too much, and you’ll find that you waste less and your budget goes further.
7. Buy in bulk
This seems to contradict the previous tip, but it’s still a valid way to save money on your shop. If you use many of an ingredient on a regular basis, why not buy them in bulk? For example, if you plan to eat a lot of brown rice in the next month, put it in the 1 kg bag instead of the 500 g bag to make it cheaper overall.
Also, if you want to have several healthy meals that contain the same meat like chicken or ground beef, you can buy it in bulk, portion it, and freeze it.
8. Cut down on processed foods
When you plan healthy meals for your family, you automatically cut costs and limit your intake of unhealthy processed foods. That is a budget gain and a health gain!
9. Serve smaller portions
As you start to be more mindful of what you eat, you will stop cluttering your plate (and that of your family members). This means you don’t have to spend that much on ingredients and you don’t get as much waste at the end of each meal.
10. Prepare the mass and freeze
If you buy your ingredients in bulk, why not cook in bulk and then freeze the extra meals? Not only do you save money on your ingredients, but you also save time (which is just as precious, right?).
11. Enjoy the leftovers
Even if not all of your healthy meals are freezer safe, you can put them in the refrigerator overnight and try again the next day. Eating leftovers can save you a lot of time and money. According to a study, you could save an average of $ 150 a week by just making leftovers instead of eating out once a week.
This article was courtesy of The healthy mummy.